FAYETTEVILLE – The 2007-08 University of Arkansas swimming and diving recruiting class was ranked fifth in the nation by CollegeSwimming.com, it was announced today. The class was ranked ahead of other Southeastern Conference powers Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina. “We’re extremely excited about our incoming class,” said head coach Jeff Poppell. “To be recognized as one of the top recruiting classes in the country is truly an honor. Our goal is to be one of the top programs in the nation and we realize that this starts with recruiting. I want the best swimmers and divers to look at Arkansas as a school were they can get a great education and excel in the pool.” Arkansas swimming almost doubles its squad this fall, adding nine swimmers. The Lady Razorbacks welcome Jessie Clark (St. Louis, Mo.), Megan Haskins (Orlando, Fla.), Katie Kastes (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Kylie Kastes (Palm Harbor, Fla.), Ashley Largo (Sarasota, Fla.), Jamie Marks (Beesley’s Point, N.J.), Erin Neumann (Chesterfield, Mo.), Shara Sutphen (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Erica Totten (Miami, Fla.). After sitting out a year, Georgia transfer Stephanie Carr also joins the squad in competition, leading the distance events. CollegeSwimming.com ranked Georgia’s recruiting class first, followed by Cal-Berkeley, Virginia and Florida. Behind Arkansas and rounding out the top ten is Minnesota, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina and Stanford. For more information about Arkansas swimming and diving, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.